In this post:
- Taking it Slow II
- Sheba’s Bucket List #5 – Check
- New Fitness Trainer Cricket
Just last week I told you that we were”Taking it Slow” to get Luke back into swimming. I’m happy to report that he did it! Some of you saw my photo on social media later in the week, thanks for cheering him on! Now he didn’t swim for long, but he swam. It was a windy day and the water was pretty rough and noisy lapping against the shore, so he was just a bit nervous there. So again I just let him do what he wanted, which was mostly just playing in the water and wandering along the shore. But I was excited when he took just a short swim!
Next time I will try throwing a toy for him, just a short ways to start with. It wasn’t very warm out that day either, and I wasn’t willing to go swimming after the toy if he decided he didn’t want to chase it! Plus I just want him to take his time getting used to swimming again and don’t want to push him too much.
On the other hand, Sheba had a blast when I took her to the same place swimming. Her arthritis has been bothering her lately, and even longer walks seemed to aggravate it. So we’re trying to find the right balance of exercise for her.
Saturday morning she played ball for just a little while with her siblings, then I took her for about a 20 minute walk followed by 15-20 minutes of swimming. We walked the rail trail near our favorite new swimming place. The trail goes along the pond, and I was going to take her to the swimming spot we used last year, instead of the boat launch where I’ve been taking Luke; but the trail to the water we had used was closed off! The only problem with the boat launch is that you can’t walk to it from the rail trail, so we had to get in the car and drive there. Not a big deal though, and again the boat launch was deserted so we had it all to ourselves.
Sheba would have swam after that ball all day if I’d let her, but I didn’t want her to overdo it. She hasn’t been any worse the rest of the weekend so we did OK and next time we can try a little more. I have talked to our vet’s office and we’re giving her some Rimadyl, but only when we really feel she needs it. Our vet tech thinks it could be the changing weather aggravating her joints….summer can’t make up its mind to stay yet, and the temperatures have been up and down a lot. Yesterday’s high was only 54 degrees!
We also just got a ramp to help her in and out of the car which I hope will help as well, once we get her trained to use it. Sunday was rainy and cool all day so everyone got a day of rest anyway. #5 on Sheba’s bucket list was lots of walks, swims, and easy hikes (those will be on hold until we see how she does with her arthritis), so we’re making a little progress on her list!
I also posted a photo of Cricket on social media last Thursday, with the question “Does she look tired, or just proud of herself for running me ragged?”. You’ve seen the hands free leash that I now love for jogging with her (you can still enter to win one, but the giveaway ends today!) . We set out jogging early Thursday morning, and I let her set the pace. She kept me moving, and I got a really good workout! I was sore the next day….but only my legs, my back was not sore thanks to that Umbilical Belt. I just can’t quite believe that little beagle was so hard on me, but I needed it. I guess she’s my new personal trainer.
I think we’re off to a good start for the summer, and I hope we can keep up all our fun and good new habits! We’ll have to make some small adjustments to the routine if the weather gets really hot, but we’re used to making those changes along with the weather here.
This is our final entry for Multiple Pet Mania Month! I think it illustrates more how sometimes having multiple pets can complicate things a bit, if they all have different exercise and/or health and training needs. But we make it work and we make it fun, and that’s what it’s all about!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Multiple Pet Day. We’ll be announcing the winners of the photo contest and the results of the Life with Multiple Pets Survey!